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Do A Madonna/Angelina Jolie/Sandra Bullock And Adopt A Black Baby
The Sunday services had a set routine. First, the magnificent interracial and intergenerational choir would sing the most exhilarating hymns and songs. Many of the songs were original, and many were rewritten to reflect the Temple philosophy. Jim’s wife Marcie often sang “Black Baby,” about Jimmy, their adopted black child. Jim and Marcie had been the fi st white couple to adopt a black baby in the state of Indiana. An ex-convict named Melvin Johnson would sing “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Everyone who sang seemed to be singing about himself or herself, but we each saw ourselves in the songs too. The music would unify all of us, and the enthusiasm would have everyone up and dancing. Then Jim would come to the pulpit. Sometimes he wore a crimson robe or he would wear this worn-looking red-striped velour
Amanda Diva on Sandra Bullock Adopting a Black Baby
14 The most glaring example of Bette's assimilation to White culture occurs in an early episode of The L Word. Bette and Tina attend a therapy session for people interested in parenting. In the session, an easily identified Black woman, Yolanda, challenges Bette to assert her own Blackness. This occurs when the group discusses adoption. Yolanda says to Bette, "it is only hard to adopt as a lesbian if you want a White baby." A Latina responds, "What is wrong with a White person wanting to adopt a Black baby?" Bette does not correct the mistake. Yolanda says to Bette, "You talk so proud about being a lesbian but you never once mentioned you're an African American woman." This example, while making clear the absurdity of biological notions of race, reminds us how often we use cultural knowledge to assert race as an identity. Sometimes, race is not clearly visible through skin color and other physical traits (as in the case of Bette). If she wants to be identified as part Black, then she must assert herself as such.